Explore UAE Culture at the 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC


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Emirati culture and traditions will be celebrated when the Smithsonian Folklife Festival returns to the National Mall.

Developed in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, and supported by the UAE Embassy, United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape | Living Memory will be the first nationally recognized event in the U.S. that highlights the Emirates’ diverse history and unique culture. The exciting program will introduce Festival attendees to the arts, poetry, cuisine and other cultural traditions that have made the UAE an inclusive, modern and pioneering nation in just 50 years. 

“Situated at the crossroads of three continents, the UAE has always been a hub for social, cultural and intellectual diversity, and this heritage has shaped our values, rich traditions and outlook for a better future. We welcome this Smithsonian celebration and are delighted that visitors from the U.S. and around the world will have the opportunity to experience our Emirati culture and hospitality firsthand,” said H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the U.S.

The full program schedule is available here.

You can also tune in to the Festival’s livestreamed events on Smithsonian Folklife’s YouTube channel.